Obituaries — 9/28/12

Published 9:35am Friday, September 28, 2012

James Blankenship

James E. Blankenship, 63, of Ironton passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012, at his residence with his family by his side. He was born and raised in Lawrence County and attended Rock Hill Schools. He was a retired custodian from First Methodist Church and was well known for his excellent landscaping ability. He was of the Apostolic faith. He was an avid sports fan. He loved his Wildcats, Browns, and Reds.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Cleda Harmon Blankenship, a nephew Dustin Blankenship and a special sister-in-law, Lilly Gee.

He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Laura “Jane” Moore Blankenship; one daughter, Janey Blankenship, a stepson, Richard Gee; and five brothers, Bob, Bill, Noah Dean and Allan Blankenship, all of Ironton, and John Blankenship of Marion; one sister, Edna “Sue” Shannon also of Ironton, four grandchildren, four great grandchildren and many more dear friends and family including his beloved dog, Candy.

Funeral services will be noon Saturday at Phillips Funeral Home with the Rev. Terry Hale officiating. Burial will follow in Woodland Cemetery and visitation will be 11 a.m. Saturday until the of the service at the funeral home. Pallbearers will be Brian Blankenship, Jordan Blankenship, Michael Shannon, Scott Blankenship, Janey Blankenship, and Linda Shannon. To offer condolences to the family, please visit


 Jean Wilson

Jean Wilson, 52, of Ironton, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012 at St. Mary’s Medical Center, Ironton Campus. The Ironton native was born March 1, 1960, the daughter of Rosemary McFann Joseph of Ironton and the late Norman Joseph.

She is also survived by her husband, Steve Wilson, whom she married March 12, 1980. Mrs. Wilson was a 1978 graduate of Rock Hill High School and a homemaker. She was a member of the City Mission Church in Ironton and loved to take care of her grandchildren and to travel. In addition to her mother and husband she is survived by daughter and son-in-law, Tina and Keith Harper of Ironton; son and daughter-in-law, Stephen Todd and Crystal Wilson of Ironton; son and daughter-in-law, Shawn Wilson and Amanda Baker of Ironton; six very special grandchildren: Morgan Harper, Madison Harper, Kaitlyn Wilson, Brittany Wilson, Blake Wilson, and Emily Carpenter; a brother and sister-in-law, Randy and Jennifer Joseph of Ironton; a sister and brother-in-law, Debbie and David Jenkins of Ironton; and a special friend, Penny Dilley of Ironton.

Funeral services will be 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Hayes-Phillips Funeral Home, with the Rev. James Cremeans and Rev. Mike Greene officiating. Burial will follow in Woodland Cemetery and visitation will be Saturday from 11 a.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home. To offer condolences to the family, please visit


Della Simpson

Della Mae Simpson, 85, of Kitts Hill, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012, at a local health care facility. The Coal Grove native was born July 20, 1927, the daughter of the late Landon Taylor and Bernice Pearl Morris Willis. She was also preceded in death by her husband of 35 years, Merlin Harold Simpson, who passed away Dec. 25, 1981.

Mrs. Simpson attended Kitts Hill Schools and was a homemaker. She was a member of the New Valley Missionary Baptist Church and lived all of her life in Lawrence County.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Karen Jean Stapleton; and a sister, Louis Hummel.

She is survived by two children, Don Merlin and Pamela Simpson of South Point and Lowell Ray and Karen Simpson of South Point; nine grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Phillips Funeral Home with the Rev. Mike Huff officiating. Burial will follow in Woodland Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6-9 p.m. today at the funeral home. The family would like to give thanks to Jo Lin Health Center and their staff for the tremendous care and support they provided to Della Mae and the family. To offer condolences to the family, please visit


 Alice Gail Palmer

Ms. Alice Gail Palmer, 94, of Cuyahoga Falls, formerly of Coal Grove, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012 in Cuyahoga Falls.

Ms. Palmer was born May 8, 1918, in Coal Grove, the daughter of the late George W. and Hazel M. Palmer.

She is survived by brother and sister-in-law, George R. and Patricia J. Palmer of Cuyahoga Falls; and many nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be 2 p.m. today at Woodland Cemetery, Section B., with the Rev. Robert Hale of Ironton First Church of the Nazarene officiating. Cremation has taken place.


 Dana Adkins

Dana Evan Adkins, 63, of Huntington, W.Va., died Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012. A private family graveside service will be conducted. Hall Funeral Home, Proctorville, assisted the family with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed to the family at

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